by Robert Wilkinson
Visitors to this site know I often refer to a phenomenon which I have termed "The Grand Irrationality." We all know it's happening, and many feel it acutely both within ourselves and with others we encounter. Some seem to be handling it okay, and seem able to function easily despite the obsessive-compulsive behaviors so prevalent in our world. Others are having a harder time with the generic weirdness. It seems as though reason alone is not enough to figure out what's happening, why, and what to do about it. Things are pretty irrational right now, and it seems to many I speak with as though Destiny itself is on the move in most if not all of our lives. Today we will explore what this is all about.
Important decisions are being made, relationships on every level are in dynamic shift, and many are searching for a new life, job, or profession (check out both articles!) Yet for all the forks in the road we confront, none of it makes much sense. From one point of view, the Earth is going into its shift, or Initiation into a new way of doing its being, and since we are part of the Earth organism, we also are going through our own shifts and changes, both individually and collectively. Nations, Economics, Politics, Environment, Health, and many other areas are changing into new transitional models for our transitional era.
Over the past few years, I have termed this collective atmosphere, or phenomenon, "The Grand Irrationality." This is because we are in the heart of a 22 year Neptune septile Pluto. All aspects in the septile series produce irrational points in our evolution, due to the inherent non-rationality of this series derived from dividing the circle by 7, yielding non-rational aspect values. This on-going tension is triggered by other planets aspecting Neptune and Pluto, and these are the points when things seem to be maximally crazy or weird.
Neptune and Pluto, the outmost invisible "spiritual" planets, have been and will be in the irrational, compulsive, "fork in the road" septile aspect for quite a few years. The last time we dealt with this was the 1930s, when Fascism and other authoritarian models, including the AMA and many draconian US governmental agencies, reared their ugly heads in America, Europe, Asia, and other parts of our world. We've been dealing with this since the mid-term elections of 1994, which marked the beginning of the rise of the present Neocon uber-nasty political movement along with the linking up of various terrorists and their organizations.
Perhaps this can explain the sense that we've all been dealing with irrational or compulsive people since the mid-'90s. It sure seems that things and people have gotten weirder these past 11 years and it doesn't seem there is any end in sight. When Jupiter went stationary direct in early Virgo biseptile Pluto and triseptile Neptune in Spring 2004 it primed the pump for more of this sort of extremism, and there are other planetary stations and conjunctions that have contributed to this process.
It's hard to be rational when confronted with irrational people, or those hung up on their particular obsessions or compulsions. That's why it's important to stay focused rather than scattered in extreme (and improbable) imaginings - Pluto in Sagittarius - and keep your eye on the ideal - Neptune in Aquarius - rather than get hardened in vague feelings or peculiar power struggles with friends or associates.
Since we'll be living within this for a while, please don't think these very weird times are only strange and difficult for you personally, since everyone's going through it. Some are more aware of it, some less, and some are totally clueless.
Due to Saturn's association with the number 7, when these septile aspects are active, it is a "destiny producing" influence, and as such are associated with "forks in the road," where we make choices that throw our "destiny" into its path for some time to come. It may not make much sense why we have to make certain choices when we do, or why certain pathways open and others close, but choose we must, for even not to choose is a choice that opens doors and closes others.
You might think that because it involves Neptune and Pluto the effects are subtle, if pervasive. However, if you consider that the Moon makes conjunctions, septiles, biseptiles, or triseptiles to both Neptune and Pluto seven times every month, it becomes evident that we're never really relieved of the pressure, even if it seems to wax and wane with circumstances.
The specific 7 hot zones now in mid-2006 are around 26-28 Sagittarius, 18-20 Aquarius, 8-10 Aries, 30 Taurus-2 Gemini, 22-24 Cancer, 13-15 Virgo, and 4-6 Scorpio. If you have planets in any of these zones, you are being directly affected by the general irrationality, both in the life areas of the houses in which these points fall, as well as the life areas ruled by any planets you may have in these zones. Also remember that if you have planets before these zones, you were most influenced by the Grand Irrationality in recent years, and if you have planets later than these zones, you will be going through your Forks in the Road in the future.
Any planets in your chart that fall near these points have been activated by major irrationality during the past year or more. Any time we've had a transit of these points, it has triggered the pattern. Septiles, biseptiles, and triseptiles all deal with the strange "destiny producing" forks in the road we all confront at various times of crisis and decision. While each aspect has its unique function within the series, they all show as obsessive-compulsive urges, experiences, and interactions at the ego level, and major points of choice and irrevocable change in our lives on a dharma level.
Wherever the active degree zones occur in our charts we have made crucial choices that set our lives and future into dynamic motion. We have had to learn a greater maturity, how to set clear boundaries, and take responsibility to choose what we will be limited by, or not. Again, this is due to the Saturnian nature of the Septile series, derived from the division of the circle of 360 degrees by 7, yielding non-rational values. The Septile, Biseptile, and Triseptile all have their unique function in the span of aspects, and definitely indicate major turning points, or life changing relationships and activities.
This article on "How To Deal With The General Weirdness of The Grand Irrationality" may provide some deeper understanding of how to move through these times without losing your equilibrium and still achieve maximum productivity while being more consciously aware of what a long, strange trip it's been, and will continue to be, for years to come.